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Indie Artists: Wanna Sell Your Music at Best Buy? Ok. That’ll Be $250.

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Best Buy has recently announced that “if you are ready to take your band to the next level, find out more by visiting”  This site serves as the home for J Distribution which charges indie artists $250 to have their CDs distributed to local Best Buy stores.

Although many folks seem to be against this new Best Buy option for indie artists, due to 1) the number of CDs (approximately 50) one would need to sell in order to recoup its startup costs, and 2) the fact that artists are being charged to sell music in the first place, one of hypebot’s readers (a musician), also had a valid point:

“If someone can’t sell 40 CDs, they probably shouldn’t be involved in this program.

Hey, at the end of the day, it’s the artists’ job to promote themselves with this program. If you want someone else to do their promotion, then get yourself picked up by a label. Just be prepared to have the label deduct all of their marketing costs from the amount you end up getting paid. I’d rather be in control. If I don’t sell any CDs, I have only myself to blame!”

So what do you think? Is it worth $250 to say that your CD is available at Best Buy? Will your fans look for your CD at Best Boy or are they more likely to download it?

Click here to read the FAQ’s of the program directly from These may help you decide whether or not this program would be a good fit for you.

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    4 years ago

    Good idea, but risky. Nowadays people don’t even buy CD’s anymore. They search for free downloads or just buy stuff from itunes. But then again, I guess it would be dope to see your CD stocked at a store.